Robert O. Zdenek (PhD, University of Southern California) is principal of Robert Zdenek Associates which he formed in 2002. He has worked with over 30 national, regional, and local clients including serving as senior consultant for two years to the U.S. Department of HHS/Office of Community Services. He has served in many professional leadership capacities including: president of New Jersey Community Capital and interim executive director of the National Housing Institute in Montclair, New Jersey. Bob was also executive director Alliance for Healthy Homes (AFHH), the leading national advocacy and technical support organization for helping to eliminate environmental hazards in low-income housing. Other major professional opportunities for Bob include serving as vice president of Community Building at United Way of America; president of United Way of Somerset County; director of economic development at New Community Corporation; senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; and long-time president of the National Congress for Community Economic Development. He has written extensively on community economic development topics and co-authored a book with Carol Steinbach titled Managing Your CDC: Leadership Strategies for Changing Times. Bob has served on over 20 boards of directors and currently serves on National Disability, National Housing Institute, Center for Non-Profits, and Global Urban Development. He is adjunct faculty at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy and is a frequent speaker and columnist.